Friday, 12 August 2016

Butterflies, fans, and Craftwork Cards

A little bit of inspiration for the stunning papers from the Craftwork Cards Antiqued and Chinoiserie collection, which I had the pleasure of working with for the shows last week. After playing with them, stroking, and moving them around I started folding them! Although it is very easy with a scoring board that has the 5mm scoring lines on, like a Hougie board, for example, you could also just measure and pleat - it took me right back to school days when we used to make our own fans, but why not! They are beautiful and a perfect embellishment for the papers!
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Taking the pleating a step further, I remembered that I'd learned to make butterflies too, years ago, and I had forgotten how easy they are!
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You need only a small piece of your chosen paper. This piece of paper measures approximately 10 x 14 cms but play with sizes and shapes. Fold it in half and draw or cut two curved shapes - again, experiment with them, they could be soft or more angular lines. Open it up, and score and pleat away!
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Wrap a bit of crafting wire, ribbon or thread around the centre and fan your butterfly! I use large sticky pads to adhere them to the card to keep the shape.

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From the Antiqued collection, I used one of the most subtle papers and made my butterflies (I cut two at the same time to have exactly the same size) and added a touch of distress ink to really make the pleats stand out.
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for more ideas and inspiration on how to use your fabulous  papers go  Pinterest
To buy these stunning kits, the debut collection from Craftwork Cards amazing new designer Chloe, click here! http://www.craftworkcards.co.uk/collection-packs-and-kits/antiqued-chinoiserie/
Happy crafting!
Nicky x

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